Rep. Black
Rep. Black


Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced legislation that would permanently eliminate the "public advocate" position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The position has been defunded through continuing resolutions passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by Pres. Obama, but the agency has found other ways to keep the position intact. According to Rep. Black, the "public advocate acts as a lobbyist for illegal aliens by serving as a special point of contact."

"It is an outrage that federal bureaucrats think they can simply skirt the law, in essence ignoring the will of the people by playing a shell game and hiding ICE employees and activities with a mere title change," Rep. Black said in a press release. "To stop this blatant abuse of power, I have introduced H.R. 3732, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement (ICE) Act. This bill would defund both positions and prohibit the creation of any new position within ICE that would allow the agency to ignore the law and continue its pro-illegal immigration activities. It is of utmost importance that ICE be held accountable and be required to follow the spirit of the law, not just the letter." 

In an op-ed written by Rep. Black and published by the National Review earlier this week, the administration has simply changed the name of the position despite the law and renamed it the "deputy assistant director of custody programs and community outreach," but the essential functions of the office are the same. She has sent numerous requests to ICE for more details on the name-change but has yet to receive an answer from the agency.  

To read Rep. Black's full op-ed, please see the National Review. And to read H.R.3732, click here

Illegal Immigration

Updated: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 @ 3:01pm EDT